Saturday, July 2, 2016

A Triumph

I used to be an artist. I used to paint. I made my living with my paintings. Then one day, I sat down to paint, my hands trembled, and my eyes played tricks on me.  There was something seriously wrong!  I went to my doctor. A few months later, after many tests..."they" gave me  the answer, you have Multiple Sclerosis.  My painting days were over. I took up photography, I could still make pictures. I was happy with that, but not content.
 
I haven't painted for 7 years since the diagnosis. A couple of weeks ago, I bought a canvas, and some paint. I retrieved my brushes that I had tucked away lovingly...all those years ago.
 
I sat down and I painted, I painted this. Not a masterpiece by any stretch of the imagination. Nothing like I used to do...but it's a start, and for someone that has intention tremors, and vision problems, (blurred and often double vision), it's not half bad.
 
 
 
 A small triumph.
 
I am taking time out from my photography blog to paint. I am also teaching my granddaughter to paint, she spends her summer school vacation days with me. 
 
So for now, I will not be posting much on this blog.
 
Cheers,
Karen
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19 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

That looks like a huge triumph to me. I am so happy that you are able to reclaim a piece of yourself. Have fun - and have fun passing your skills on.

Nancy J said...

Karen, this is a huge milestone you have just run past, and your painting, beautiful, ethereal, mystic, haunting, and I love it. Keep on with the skills you have had hidden away for those years, and Beep, she will so be a wonderful pupil.

David Gascoigne said...

Great personal triumph, Karen. Good luck!

Andy said...

Congrats on getting back to something you love to do.

Naquillity said...

enjoy your summer and teaching your granddaughter how to paint. your painting is beautiful. what a great start you've gotten off too. have a great day~

Jo said...

Good on you, Karen. What a HUGE triumph. I hope you post a few of your next canvasses and those your granddaughter does under your great tutelage. You go girl!

Linda aka Crafty Gardener said...

Well done. Enjoy your summer with your granddaughter. It seems there are many of us taking a break from blogging.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your painting is beautiful. It is great news you are able to paint again. What a lovely thing to pass on to your granddaughter. Happy Saturday, enjoy your 4th of July weekend!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh bless you, sweet Karen! Your painting is gorgeous! I can't paint a single thing - I truly cannot - you've done so beautifully here! I am SO glad you are painting again - my grandfather, Uncle, older sister and younger daughter are wonderful painters. (My grandfather on mom's side was a professional Lithographer for The Toledo Blade Newspaper for a living.)

Keep it up - and teaching your grandchild will be just what you both need!

If and when you get the chance head over to read about my good news I just posted yesterday. ♥♥♥ Hugs.

Buttons Thoughts said...

Oh Karen I think it is absolutely beautiful. You are one of the strongest women I know and your "never giving up" attitude is what we out here cling to. We have followed your journey and see nothing will stop you. You inspire many you know. Beep is so lucky to have such a talented Grandma. I admire you so much. Sending hugs. B

Judy said...

Your beauty always shines through.

RedPat said...

I think it is beautiful, Karen! Hurray for you! Have a great summer painting!

TexWisGirl said...

it is beautiful. i'm glad for you - and for beep, too. :) she gets to learn from a great woman and obviously talented painter.

richard said...

well done, indeed. excellent.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Way to go my dear Karen ... and lucky Beep to have such a wonderful teacher. I will be thinking of you and your triumph and hope for many more. I know they will happen. (We are home in Oregon now and every good thought i have for our daughter's triumphs and good days I will also have for you.)

stardust said...

Congratulations on your triumph! It’s so nice of you to resume painting after seven years. How wonderful to be able to share your specialty with your grandchild. Enjoy your summer.

Yoko

The Furry Gnome said...

A great personal triumph, and a nice painting too!

Debbie said...

a huge triumph and i think the painting is beautiful!!!

beep always enjoys awesome summers with you, making memories she will have forever!! you're doing good karen!!!

Felicia said...

You go girl. its beautiful